7 Practical Tools for Digital Entrepreneurs
Digital entrepreneurship is the latest trend certain to keep on expanding. There are a couple of reasons why becoming a digital nomad is popular. The lifestyle allows for nearly unlimited freedom; traveling the world while making a profit has become a reality available to everyone with a good idea. And that’s just the beginning. With the internet connecting people with the right skill sets with employers who need them across the globe, opportunities are endless.
However, every good idea needs a stable development plan, and launching a location-independent business doesn’t equal actually running one. Because business teams and contributors are often scattered across multiple countries, the need to keep in touch and share knowledge efficiently and regularly becomes ever greater.
Fortunately, the market is always in the know. When there is a global demand, the response is never slow in coming. Whether it is communication, task scheduling and management, file sharing or budget tracking, online tools will rule them all. We hereby bring you the list of seven essential tools for digital entrepreneurs.
1. Google Drive/Docs
Benefits of Google Drive/Docs are hardly an unknown to anyone, but their full potential is, perhaps, yet to be acknowledged. The tool is essential and omnipresent, used widely by businesses large and small. What’s the hype all about?
Merely the fact that Google Drive/Docs enable and empower shared activities makes the tool unavoidable indeed. Every collaborator can get access to company files and documents on top of adding, removing and proofreading content. Anyone familiar with computer-based word processors will find Google Docs a tool easy to master. For some added pleasure and ease of communication, comments are also an option. Forget about compatibility issues! Google Drive/Docs are free to use, so there!
Long past are the days when Dropbox was simply a tool for storage and backups. Nowadays, the service offers numerous features to simplify business operations on a large scale. As its creators put it, “Dropbox is a home for all your work,” and they are hardly exaggerating.
Notable Dropbox features include file storing and multi-device access, file synchronization, file sharing (recipients don’t have to use Dropbox), collaborative workspace (“Paper”), showcase options (“Showcase”), team management (“Dropbox Business”) and app integration.
Trello is a web-based project management application that keeps things simple and efficient. The tool features boards, lists and cards, all of which make organization and prioritization a flexible task. Similar to other tools that are essential for online businesses, Trello provides clear overviews and the ability to add comments and upload files.
The most easily overlooked feature of the tool is its checklist. Perhaps people tend to overlook obvious tasks, but we find this feature to be irreplaceable. A quick overview of what Trello can help with: project organization, email courses and writing ebooks.
Asana is all the rage these days, with a growing number of online businesses using it to its full potential (which is yet to expand, by the by). Often described as the “ultimate tool for efficient project management,” Asana empowers creation of tasks and projects, dashboards and conversations — all that without calling for a single meeting (in the traditional sense of the word). Asana also features comments on participants’ actions, as to simplify things further.
Slack is a chat app empowering seamless personal-, group- and multi-channel communication between team members and collaborators. The tool is user-friendly in that it features a seamlessly navigable design and useful tips (customizable and altogether optional). For some added functionality, it also allows for file sharing and makes all messages browsable. Finally, it syncs automatically across all devices and can be connected to other apps (including Skype and WordPress).
The fact that Slack is a relatively new tool but is already tremendously popular speaks volumes about its usefulness, so we’ll expand no further.
The importance of keeping track of your budget cannot be underlined enough. Mint is just the right tool to help with the creation and tracking of budgets. The tool offers personalized suggestions, allows for bill tracking and performs credit checks. Saying that Mint is a powerful tool would hardly be an overstatement, seeing as it brings together in one place your bills and money and sends timely alerts for actions required.
Wunderlist is a cloud-based task manager that helps online businesses boost their productivity. Mildly put, the tool empowers the users to manage their tasks across devices, is easy to use and free. Further out, Wunderlist is as practical for personal tasks as for business ones. Whether it is a scheduled meeting or grocery shopping, the tool will help you get things done in the best possible way.
Wunderlist features customizable notifications (due dates, to-dos and reminders), making every task doable in a seamless manner. The tool is compatible with all major devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire and the Web.